Of course, the Obama administration, heading into the election, isn’t exactly shouting climate change warnings from rooftops. When the White House responded to Romney’s “new” plan, and stood by clean energy investment, spokesman Jay Carney chose his words carefully.
“While the Republican approach denigrates forms of energy like wind, this president believes that investing in renewable energy is essential to enhancing our energy independence,” Carney said.
The White House feels comfortable promoting clean energy during the campaign – disassociated from climate change – because polls consistently show it to be popular. In fact, on the same day Mitt Romney’s oil-splotched energy policy white paper came out, the pro-renewables group Advanced Energy Economy released a survey that showed “90 percent of Republicans believe it is very important or somewhat important for America’s future to be a leader in developing, manufacturing, and deploying advanced energy products like batteries for power storage, solar panels and turbine components.”